Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate admits it will take longer than expected to get the team playing as he wants.
After defeat to Manchester United, Southgate said: "I hate losing and I don't like sitting here every week explaining defeats.
"But we are where we are and we have to get on with it.
"There is only this group of players and coaches who can work their way out of it, but it is going to be a slow process because there has been an ongoing change at the club over the past 18 months.
"That change has to keep happening. Sir Alex has said in his programme notes that takes time and people have to be patient.
"I wanted it to be a meteoric rise this season from what we had last year. But when you look at what we have lost and who we have been without, I have to be realistic about how quickly that change can take place."